High school football preview capsules

September 22, 2011


Clear Spring Blazers (3-0) at Boonsboro Warriors (3-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Series:  Boonsboro leads, 5-0.

Last meeting: 2008 —± Boonsboro, 47-0.

Last week: The Blazers beat Hancock, 34-6. … The Warriors beat South Hagerstown, 36-28.

Notes: The Warriors have outscored the Blazers 248-6 in their five meetings. … The Blazers are off to their first 3-0 start and have just their third winning streak of at least three games in the program's eight-year history. They won five straight at one point in 2010. … The Warriors' 3-0 start is their best since winning the first nine games of the 2008 season. … The 114 points scored by the Warriors are also the most in their first three games since the 2008 team scored 121. …

Next week: Northern Garrett at Clear Spring; Boonsboro at Williamsport.

Silver Oak Academy Rams (1-2) at North Hagerstown Hubs (2-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Series: First meeting.

Last week: The Rams lost to Maryland School for Deaf, 40-6. … The Hubs beat Oakdale, 47-36.

Notes: The Rams have scored only 12 points, but half were good enough for its only win, a 6-0 decision over Perry (D.C.) Prep. They have given up 95 points. ... The Hubs have scored 30 points or more in six straight games dating back to last season. … North tailback Phillip Butler lit up the scoring column against Oakdale with 5 TDs, one on an interception and four rushing. ... Butler leads Washington County in rushing with 261 yards and in scoring with 48 points.

Next week: Silver Oak Academy at Virginia Lions; North Hagerstown at Brunswick.

Brunswick Railroaders (2-1) at Smithsburg Leopards (2-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Series: Smithsburg leads, 21-10.

Last meeting: 2010 — Brunswick, 14-7.

Last week: The Railroaders beat North Carroll, 67-14. … The Leopards lost to Manchester Valley, 25-20.

Notes: The Railroaders' victory last season ended a four-game skid against the Leopards. … The Railroaders scored 110 points in their two wins, but just three in their loss to Middletown. … The Leopards scored 21 points combined in their first two games — both wins — before scoring 20 in their loss to Manchester Valley last week. … Zach Krall had a 100-yard game in the loss to Manchester Valley and is fourth in rushing with 225 yards among Washington County schools.

Next week: North Hagerstown at Brunswick; Smithsburg at Catoctin.

Thomas Johnson Patriots (3-0) at South Hagerstown Rebels (2-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Series: Thomas Johnson leads, 13-7-1.

Last meeting: 1986 — South Hagerstown, 30-6.

Last week: The Patriots beat Tuscarora, 48-0. … The Rebels lost to Boonsboro, 36-28.

Notes: This is the first meeting between the schools since the breakup of the Tri-State League in the mid-1980s. … With a win, Thomas Johnson will start 4-0 for the first time since 2006. ... In the Patriots’ win over Tuscarora, QB Heath Dahlgren completed 6 passes for a whopping 248 yards. ... The Rebels last started a season 3-1 in 2002. ... South gained 319 yards on offense against Boonsboro but could not hold on to an early 13-0 lead. ... Ahmere Ware leads South with 211 yards rushing. ... Brandon Hess has a QB rating of 163.6 with five TD passes.

Next week: Urbana at Thomas Johnson; Poolesville at South Hagerstown.

Williamsport Wildcats (2-1) at Catoctin Cougars (1-2)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Series: Catoctin leads, 24-16.

Last meeting: 2010 — Catoctin, 54-0.

Last week: The Wildcats beat Poolesville 21-15 in overtime. … The Cougars beat Francis Scott Key, 36-0.

Notes: The Cougars have won the last nine meetings. Williamsport's last win over Catoctin was a 20-19 victory in 2001. … Catoctin has not had two losses this early in a season since 2007. ... The Wildcats have scored a total of 20 points in the last six meetings. … The last time Williamsport started 3-1 was in 2009, when the Wildcats went on to a 5-5 record. ... Alex Fridley leads the Wildcats with 232 yards rushing. ... Nate Downs is averaging 10.3 tackles per game.

Next week: Boonsboro at Williamsport; Smithsburg at Catoctin.

Hancock Panthers (0-3) at Carson Long Military Warriors (0-1)

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Series:  Hancock leads, 1-0.

Last meeting: 2010 — Hancock, 48-0.

Last week: The Panthers lost to Clear Spring, 34-6. ... The Warriors lost to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, of Baltimore, 52-6.

Notes: Hancock QB Garrett Wiles is averaging 102.3 yards per game passing. ... Hancock needs a win to avert its first 0-4 start since 2008.

Next week: Sidwell Friends at Hancock; Carson Long is off.

Atlantic Shores Christian Seahawks (1-2) at Saint James Saints (1-2)

When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Series:  First meeting.

Last week: The Seahawks beat Portsmouth Christian, 36-22. …The Saints lost to Bishop Walsh, 50-23.

Notes: Atlantic Shores is a private school located in Virginia Beach, Va. ... The Saints have two of the Washington County leaders in receptions, with Nnamdi Enechionyia catching 15 passes and Kevin Manesh nine. ... QB Bobby Brennan has completed 36 passes. ...

Next week: Atlantic Shores at Hampton Christian; Potomac School at Saint James.


James Buchanan Rockets (1-0) at Gettysburg Warriors (0-3)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: The Rockets lost to Middletown (Pa.) 35-13. … The Warriors lost to Chambersburg, 34-13.

Next week: Shippensburg at James Buchanan; Gettysburg at Northern.

Chambersburg Trojans (3-0) at C.D. East Panthers (3-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: The Trojans beat Gettysburg, 34-13. … The Panthers beat Susquehannock, 54-17.

Next week: Cumberland Valley at Chambersburg; Central Dauphin at C.D. East.

Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils (1-2) at West Perry Mustangs (1-2)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last week: The Blue Devils lost to Susquehanna Township, 49-24. … The Mustangs lost to Mount Carmel, 53-20.

Next week: Waynesboro at Greencastle; West Perry at Big Spring.

Northern York Polar Bears (1-2) at Waynesboro Indians (1-2)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last week: The Polar Bears lost to Mechanicsburg, 13-0. … The Indians beat New Oxford, 14-7.

Next week: Gettysburg at Northern; Waynesboro at Greencastle.

Sherando Warriors (2-2) at Jefferson Cougars (0-4)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: The Warriors lost to Loudoun County, 28-0. … The Cougars lost to Fairmont Senior, 42-20.

Next week: Sherando is off; Jefferson at Musselman.

Musselman Applemen (3-1) at Washington Patriots (1-2)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: The Applemen beat Park View, 21-20. … The Patriots were off.

Next week: Jefferson at Musselman; Washington at Handley, Va.

Berkeley Springs Indians (2-2) at Southern Garrett Rams (0-3)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: The Indians beat Frankfort, 7-6. …The Rams lost to Hampshire, 49-27.

Next week: Moorefield at Berkeley Springs; Tucker County at Southern Garrett.

Hun School Raiders (1-0) at Mercersburg Academy Blue Storm (0-1)

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Last week: The Raiders beat Episcopal Academy, 20-13. … The Blue Storm lost to Landon School, 23-13.

Next week: Kiski School at Hun; Mercersburg at Lawrenceville.

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